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April 11, 2013, 3:25 PM

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Sarah Frier / Businessweek:
Foursquare Gets $41 Million Investment, Time to Grow  —  When Dennis Crowley debuted Foursquare, his location-based social media app, at South by Southwest in 2009, he got rave reviews.  The tech blog Mashable called Foursquare the “breakout mobile app” of the event.  VentureBeat called it “the next Twitter.”
Fred Wilson / A VC:
Late Stage Convertible Debt  —  I've written about convertible debt a few times on this blog, most notably here and here.  My general take on convertible debt is that its very good for the founders and not very good for the investors in seed and early stage investments and a much better solution …
Mark Zuckerberg / Washington Post:
Mark Zuckerberg: Immigrants are the key to a knowledge economy  —  Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook and co-founder of Fwd.us.  (Washington Post Co. Chairman Donald E. Graham is a member of Facebook's board of directors.)  —  Earlier this year I started teaching …
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Apple, Google Not Interested in Settlement, Judge Says  —  Apple Inc. and Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Motorola Mobility unit are more interested in using litigation as a business strategy than in resolving disputes over the use of patented technology, a federal judge in Florida said.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google's New Inactive Account Manager Gives You Control Over Your Digital Afterlife  —  What will happen to your Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google+ accounts after you die?  That's probably not something you really want to think about, but as more and more of our data now lives online …
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Production Challenges to ‘Delay’ Launches of iPhone 5S, Lower-Cost iPhone and New iPad Mini?  —  Back in January, reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo laid out a thorough roadmap of his expectations for Apple's product launches in 2013, pointing to a very busy third quarter for the company …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Plans 7-inch Tablet  —  The personal-computer business is at a crossroads, and Microsoft Corp. isn't sitting still.  —  The software giant is developing a new lineup of its Surface tablets, including a 7-inch version expected to go into mass production later this year, said people familiar with the company's plans.
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Microsoft has no fast Windows fixes as PC sales crater  —  Summary: Microsoft can ride Windows 7 upgrades in the enterprise for a bit, but the dismal PC sales picture is worrisome for the company's flagship OS—especially if it can't get tablet and smartphone traction.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Adam Orth, Microsoft game exec who insulted fans on Twitter, has left the company (updated)  —  Update: This story originally featured an image that we used without proper attribution.  We have removed it and apologize to the artist.  —  Microsoft game director Adam Orth …
Help Net Security:
Hijacking airplanes with an Android phone  —  An extremely well attended talk by Hugo Teso, a security consultant at n.runs AG in Germany, about the completely realistic scenario of plane hijacking via a simple Android app has galvanized the crowd attending the Hack In The Box Conference in Amsterdam today.
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Mega is official and comes in 6.3- and 5.8-inch sizes  —  We knew Samsung was planning more devices, but we didn't expect the arrival of two Galaxy Mega smartphones .  The 6.3-inch model has a ‘HD display’ (we're chasing the precise resolution) alongside a dual-core 1.7GHz processor …
Bloomberg:
Google Formalizes Settlement Offer to EU in Antitrust Probe  —  Google Inc. (GOOG) submitted a formal set of remedies to the European Union that will soon be shown to rivals and customers as part of settlement talks to end a two- year probe into claims its search results discriminate against competitors.

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